Modern supercars are getting too fast for the Nurburgring, says rally ace and general Porsche legend Walter Rohrl.
The man who famously said “a car is just fast enough when you stand in front of it in the morning and are afraid to unlock it” is no stranger to speed, being Porsche’s development driver, twice World Rally Champion and the very man who coached the other Matt at the launch of the latest GT3.
When the 70-year-old says something is too fast, it’s probably wise to listen. Speaking about some of the faster sections of the Nurburgring, where the 911 GT2 recently set a truly bonkers 6m47.3s lap, he pointed out the absolute lack of margin for error.
“You have no room for mistakes, that’s the bad thing. On the speeds like in [the GT2], you go Schwedenkreuz at 183mph and Fuchsrohre at 168mph, and I know all the accidents which have been on these places in the last 20 years.”
Fuchsrohre saw a huge crash for Koenigsegg in 2016, when an ABS sensor failed at high speed on a One:1 as the company went for a lap record.
Rohrl says the lack of downforce relative to modern supercars’ speed capabilities means they’re just not safe enough. The 911 GT2 produces up to 416kg, way more than most supercars, but much less than less powerful racing cars that lap the Green Hell in around the same sort of times.
He also says that the increasing risk is not why he’s given up his own quests for lap times on the famous Nordschleife. Apparently, it’s actually because increasing Autobahn traffic has doubled his commute…